Does Big Goal Setting Destroy Your Dreams?

Big Goal Setting

You may hear that you should set goals to achieve what you want. But is setting a big goal the right thing to do, and does it really work? Well, let’s have a closer look at it.

Big Goal Setting Vs Step By Step Goals

Bob Proctor with Bruno Buergi

At a seminar with Bob Proctor

I have been in many personal development seminars in the last 10 years. Most speakers taught me how to set big goals for my life and career. For example, Bob Proctor always says that the goal you set should excite and scare you at the same time. Only then is it big enough.

Now, let’s look at what happens to these people who attended the seminars. With many of them, I’m still connected and see their progress.

Some of these people made a huge career in their chosen field, and many are more or less in the same position. Why is it that some achieve their big goals and others do not?

Why Big Goal Setting Does Not Work All The Time

When I was at some personal development seminars, many people were absolutely motivated to go big after the course. They were excited, and it looked like nothing could stop them. And years later, the big dreams are still far away.

I believe it has to do with the history of the person. When people always achieve their goals easily, they will probably also achieve a huge goal. On the other hand, when someone struggles to achieve the things he wants, failure is the more common outcome when this person sets big goals.

According to these two examples, you can see if you are someone for big goal-setting. Nevertheless, things can change during a lifetime.

Setting Step By Step Goals

When you failed in the past with your big goals, you may think to go with the step-by-step goals. How to do this? Here, I share a way to do this. For example, you want to start an online business, and ultimately, you want to make a living with it.

The first step could be signing up for a course or education community where you learn the basic steps of online marketing over the next three months. During this time, you focus on learning the skills they teach and applying the homework.

The second step will be the next logical outcome from what you learned first. To ensure you stay on track, write down a weekly goal and work on it until it’s finished. When it takes longer than you work longer on it, when you finish earlier, set a new weekly goal. In this way, you are not overwhelmed, which helps you stay motivated.

Another important thing is to reward yourself for every achieved weekly goal. That could be going out for a special dinner with your spouse, buying something for yourself, or doing whatever you like to reward yourself.


It depends on your personality if big goal setting works for you. As I mentioned above, how you achieved things in the past will probably be the way to go. I think it’s important that you understand what type of person you are. Then go the way that works best for you, and don’t let your dreams be destroyed because someone said you could achieve your dreams only in one way.

I hope these tips help you.

Bruno Buergi